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When we decided on the name we would give our son, of course, I started thinking about making a monogram to hang on his wall!

Monogram for our little boy!

While it is inspired in style by an alphabet illustration in THIS book, I made my own version of the letter “B.”   I’ve used foam adhesive to make the letter itself more dimensional, and it is adhered to the background paper using foam adhesive as well.

Monogram for our little boy!

Monogram for our little boy!

The monogram is hanging on our boy’s wall in a small collage of frames above his changing table.

P.S.  I will be taking a “maternity leave” from the blog for the month of July

It is with absolutely great joy that I introduce our beloved son, Becker!

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He was born just after 3:30 am on June 24.  We are completely smitten with this cuddly, snuggly little gentleman– who is always hungry, and already so very curious to see the world around him!

 

I will be taking a “maternity leave” from the blog for the month of July, after one more post that I prepared before his birth that will auto-post tomorrow. 

Here’s a special guest post by Husband!  Back when we were brainstorming ideas for our boy’s room and settling on a nautical theme, he dreamed up this idea for a mobile.  He envisioned it, designed it, sourced all the materials, and built it all himself.  I think it’s pretty awesome, and such a special gift for our little boy!  Since this is his project, I’ve asked him to write a bit about it.  

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ship mobile made for our baby boy by Joel!

Wife and I both like mobiles a lot, and we’ve made several together in the past, including one made of fabric birds perched on sticks that hangs over our daughter’s bed.  So when we wanted decorations for our boy’s room I immediately started thinking of how to make a mobile for him.  Since we wanted a nautical theme, boats came to mind, but I didn’t want just a collection of boats hanging by strings.  I really like fully rigged tall ships, and as a kid I also really liked reading books with ‘exploded’ views of vehicles, castles, etc., where I could see all the components of the object hovering around the center.  Somehow those two things came together in my mind, and I came up with the idea of a mobile that was a single tall ship with the sails floating freely around the hull.

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It took me awhile to work out the geometries to make the vision in my head work, but I finally settled on using stiff brass rods to support the sails, which lets them all spin around the center of the ship, while keeping them from spinning around their own axes, which would cause them to tangle with each other.  The other advantage of the brass rods is that they give the impression of the fore- and mizzen- (aft) masts.  Also, brass just seems to go with a nautical theme.

ship mobile made for our baby boy by Joel!

I tried using actual canvas fabric treated with mod podge for the sails, but that was still too floppy to work, so finally I settled on stiff white cardstock that I fastened to the brass rods with a glue gun.  I tried to find a model ship hull that would work, but couldn’t locate anything suitable, and so in the end I carved it out of a single block of balsa wood and painted it with acrylic paint.  I also had an idea for awhile of finding some little seagull figurines and placing them on rods above the ship so that they could be ‘flying’ around the top, but I was unable to find any that I liked.

ship mobile made for our baby boy by Joel!

The final ship has three ‘masts’.  The mainmast is a single rod with four sails that are free to rotate together.  The foremast and mizzenmast each have three sails that can spin around the center of the ship, and each sail is paired with one from the opposite mast.  From a balance perspective, it would have been easier to pair bottom sail (course sail) with bottom sail, middle sail (topsail) with  middle sail, and top sail (topgallant) with top sail.  Unfortunately, the rods I had weren’t long enough to span that distance and still give the scale that I wanted, and so I had to pair the bottom sails with the top sails.  This meant I had to add some counterweights, which I made out of beads wrapped in wire that I had braided to look like chain.  The hull of the ship is free to rotate and to tip up and down, which gives the impression of being on waves when it is moving.

This is the last of the sewing projects for the baby’s room!  We purchased Lenda curtains from Ikea (I absolutely love these curtains… We also have them in our living room) and I appliqued horizontal navy blue stripes onto them.

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Husband was an amazing help with this.  He measured and pinned, since I couldn’t get down the floor to do it myself!

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I love how these curtains look!  You know, our baby’s room is the first room in our upstairs to actually have curtains! (And yes, this totally makes me want to put curtains in all the other rooms… It’s going to happen!)

When setting up my daughter’s nursery, I re-covered a small pillow with a patchwork-style envelope cover.  I had absolutely no idea how much I would use this pillow!  It became critical back support for every minute I sat in my (awesome) rocking chair.  Two-and-a-half years later, I’m still using it every time I sit in that chair.  So of course, I made another one for our boy’s room.

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I made it in exactly the same way as the first pillow, again using scraps from the crib skirt, boppy cover, and other coordinating/complimentary scraps from my scrap bin.  The only difference is that this time my mama-brain caused me to make some critical addition errors (I couldn’t find my old notes from making the first one), and so there are a couple of seams on the sides that didn’t really have to be there if I’d been thinking clearly! ;-)

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A while ago, this cute sailboat pillow was featured on Sew, Mama, Sew!, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to make one for my little boy.  His nursery is going to have a bit of a nautical theme, so it’s perfect!  This project was SUPER easy!  I skimmed the tutorial, made my own pattern, and had the entire thing sewn in less than an hour.  And it was entirely free!  I used some scraps from the crib skirt, boppy cover, and a couple others form my scrap bin.

sailboat taggie pillow for our little boy

sailboat taggie pillow for our little boy

I added more ribbon taggies (scraps from my ribbon bin) than originally shown, because I liked the idea of the boat having lots of cheery, celebratory signal flags!

sailboat taggie pillow for our little boy

In the tutorial, the author gave an idea to insert a little bell, so my daughter helped me poke one into the stuffing :)

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I hope my little boy has lots of fun with this little taggie pillow!

 

So, the last time I made a crib skirt, I was 8+ months pregnant.  And I told myself that if I was to make another one, that I shouldn’t wait until I was 8+ months pregnant!  It was hard work crawling all over the floor to get those ruffles evenly spaced.  Well, you can guess where this is going…  This crib skirt got made when I was 8+ months pregnant with my boy, haha.  Thankfully, once I got the measurements calculated, it was much simpler to put this one together, and there was zero floor-crawling!

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This crib skirt is three-sided (the first one was four-sided), since we know how the crib will be placed in the room, and the plan is for us to be in this same house for the foreseeable future.  The “skirtless” side is one of the long sides, so I added some ties to the muslin base that goes under the mattress to ensure that the weight of the “skirted” side doesn’t constantly pull it out from under the mattress.  The ties attach to the spring frame of the mattress along the edge.

 box pleat crib skirt for the baby's room

Again, I made the skirt “tear-away”– the top layer is the right length for the lowest setting of the mattress, and the bottom layer is simply basted on to make it long enough for the highest setting.  When we lower the mattress, I’ll just take out the basting to shorten the skirt. This ensures that the gap between the bottom of the frame and the floor is always covered.  (Storage space!!)

P.S. I had a hard time getting photos that accurately show the color of the crib skirt… It’s a nice rich-but-bright navy blue, somewhere in between what the two photos show!

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